As per the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, the number of Indian students has increased by 1.5 percent. The number has now crossed the one million mark. The report was released by the Institute of International Education and the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Indian students contribute over $42 billion to the US economy through tuition fees and other expenses. Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, has lauded the contributions made by the international student community to the US.
Notably, the rise in number comes despite various discouraging aspects of studying in the US like security concerns, rocketing costs, among others.
Indian students happen to be the second largest international student community, which forms 18 percent of the entire international student community in the US. The list is topped by Chinese students with one-third of the total international students.